Meanwhile, On The Internet (#9)

Love the one you’re with I’m digging this fairly new blog. Lots of interesting posts available to read. This post speaks to me because although Betsy is absolutely wonderful, expectations-vs-reality was definitely something I had to come to terms with, and something I’m sure many dog owners have to deal with 🙂 Play – 8 days worth I love this long video showing 8 days of play training with a young dog! Inspiring and interesting to watch a professional at

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#8)

How to Use an “All Clear” in Scent Detection—Lessons from Science A cool article on changing the way scent detection works to improve accuracy of results as well as raise morale for the dogs. Most scent-detection dogs are trained to alert only when they find an odor. […] (if no odor is found) There is no correct response other than to keep working. No wonder the dog gets frustrated! […] I have suggested that if teams trained an “all clear”

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Meanwhile, on the internet (#7)

It’s a puppy, not a problem! A great reminder to take a step back and look at your puppy for what it is: A puppy. Not an adult dog. Love this. Since many of my clients also had human children, did they take a similar list of problems behaviors to the pediatrician? “Doctor, my toddler has a lot of problems that I want to stop. He talks really loud, wants me to play all the time, runs through the house

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#6)

Good Sit I’ve always thought it was weird when people praised a dog for sitting by saying, “Good sit.” and this article basically confirms everything I already thought about it. Top 10 dog behaviour myths I see a lot of these myths around the Internet so it’s nice to see that the Louisiana SPCA has a document debunking them. Reactions A cool video of Fizz, a young Malinois, experiencing a variety of strange situations (all fake set ups) and her

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#4)

Archaeological evidence of dogs in our history I love reading about all the history behind the dog-human relationship, and Wikipedia lists off several interesting archaeological finds. This one was my favourite: 26,000 years ago – 50-metre trail of footprints made by a boy of about ten years of age alongside those of a large canid. The size and position of the canid’s shortened middle toe in relation to its pads indicates a dog rather than a wolf. The footprints have

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#3)

Staying under threshold – finding the right pieces to the puzzle A nice piece on keeping your dog under threshold when you’re working together, something that I am always being instructed to keep in mind. What I learned is that moving slow, talking quietly and a tug/release game was very effective in getting my dog to focus on me and what I was asking of him. Stages of Engagement A nice three-part series by Denise Fenzi on excercises to do

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Meanwhile, on the Internet (#2)

sue-eh.ca This whole website is gold. There are free ebooks with dog training anecdotes, as well as a really great dog training guide called training levels of which there is a free (out-dated but still good) and for-sale version. Agility and obedience warm-up and cool-down Really nice post about warming your dog up before asking them to do hard work, which makes perfect sense. No human athlete would be expected to perform without first preparing their body. Rounder’s off switch

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Shaping the Dumbbell Retrieve Loving this post! Lots of great video examples, accompanied by tons of good information on shaping behaviours, all in concise bullet points. It’s also just a neat skill for your dog to have, even if you’re not interested in competitive obedience. Does your dog REALLY want to be petted? Eileen is a great dog blogger in general and this post is one of her best. It features videos of dogs who both like and don’t like

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